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Totally Together

30 Days to an Organized Life

December 29, 2013 by · 9 Comments 


30 simple steps to organize all aspects of your life!

30 simple steps to organize all aspects of your life!

Here is the Printable PDF Version of this Chart.


In my household shortcut planning guide, Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life, I’ve tried to break down all of the daily, weekly, and monthly THINGS that float around in our heads into one day-planner/book:  Call your mother. Schedule a hair cut. Get the house painted. Vacuum under the couch cushions. Drink more water. Perform a self-breast exam.

But sometimes you need a 30-day jumpstart in order to feel like you are really being productive, and sometimes the thought of adhering to something for a full year is absolutely daunting.

I know. I get it.

and it’s okay.

So here you go!! This is a 30-day jump start checklist to get your home and family life in order —-  not everything is listed, but enough things are here that you can go from disarray to company-clean in only 30 days. You don’t need to do all 30 days in order if you don’t want to, and you don’t need to do all 30 days all within a month. If it takes you 45 or 60 days to get through this checklist, whatever.

No big deal.

This is YOUR house and YOUR family. Do what works for you.

I’ve tried to hyperlink the above graphic with posts explaining what the different tasks are. It didn’t work. So here are all the past articles that have been underlined above.

The Daily 7

Punch List

Family Meeting

P.R.O.M (purge, remove, organize, maintain)

Meal Planning

Chore Charts

Vision Board

Here are some organizational guides for help and inspiration.

You can do this! Please let me know how I can help in any way.


Want even more? Buy the book! Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life is available now. This handy-dandy weekly planner will hold your hand throughout the year and will give you all the reminders and helpful prods you need to have the Very Best Year, ever. No need to wait for the New Year to start your organization mission, you can start at any time. Enjoy!



saturday and sunday–the second to last of the year

December 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

352 & 353

I hope your day is already going well. The excitement the kids are exuding is becoming contagous—this truly is a magical time of year.

Enjoy this weekend. Soak it in. If you have things to do, get them done, but try your hardest to do so with a smile on your face.

Remember: NOTHING is perfect. NOTHING tangible (cookies, baking, wrapping paper, dishes, decorations) is worth getting mad about. Choose joy.

and then spread it.

this weekend:

gather the kids around and PROM the toys one last time. New ones are on the way. There must be something (or a bunch, if you haven’t PROMed in a while!) that another child would enjoy more than your kids currently are.

go for a walk, or drive to see lights

keep up with the Daily 7

you are all in my thoughts and prayers. thank you to everyone of you. oxox

Tuesday, run errands and all that other stuff you should do

November 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Good morning!

How did you do yesterday with the weekend recovery and PROMing the china/linen cabinet? Did you uncover any great treasure?


run errands

PROM the tupperware area and spice cabinet. Get rid of any spices that you don’t remember buying, or which have lost smell. If you can’t smell it, you won’t taste it! :-)

Wednesday: clobber the clutter and cobwebs

October 20, 2010 by · 2 Comments 


Wednesday is our early day—the kids are out 75 minutes earlier on Wednesdays than they normally are.  I like this, because it keeps me moving in the morning, and we have more chill time in the afternoon. We also have NO sports or practices of any kind this day, which is such a wonderful blessing.

Yesterday was an icky day for me. By 10 am, I was pretty much wanting to just start over again. I’d lost (or thought I lost, I’m still not quite sure) 20k email addresses through feedburner, the baby refused to be put down, the phone kept ringing with campaign/prop calls, I dropped a box of rice-krispie-type cereal upside down and the pieces scattered all through the kitchen and dining area, and I stepped in a puddle of water in the bathroom in my socks.

I hate wet socks.


PROM the immediate living areas—get rid of the paper piles, the stacks of books, the random toys, etc.

speed dust, vacuum, and mop

One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.
–Chinese Proverb